The Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala hosted by the Armed Services YMCA highlights individuals like the Pararescueman, who despite sustaining traumatic brain injury from an IED explosion pushed on to save the lives of his crew while also returning fire to defend them. Heroes similar to the Aviation Mission Specialist who maneuvered through downed limbs, high winds, aircraft debris, and driving rain to get their patients to safety are recognized for their dedication and bravery. Those were the stories of military medics honored at the 2016 Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala. The ASYMCA looks forward to this year’s gala and the opportunity to recognize more courageous military medical personnel.
ASYMCA Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala:
The military community, along with individual and corporate supporters come together to honor military medics, corpsmen, and pararescuemen for their courageous and compassionate actions. The awards ceremony will take place on October 2, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia. Angels of the Battlefield is the only event which recognizes the front line actions of military medical personnel.
The Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala acknowledges medics, corpsmen, and pararescuemen for their life-saving medical treatment and trauma care on the battlefield. The ASYMCA works with the military services to select an honoree from each branch. These Angels of the Battlefield are compassionate men and women who risk everything and are often the reason why many of our nation’s heroes wounded in battle have made it home to their families and communities.
“It is a tremendous honor to recognize the medics, corpsmen, and pararescuemen each year,” said William French Armed Services YMCA President & CEO. “Their stories inspire us to do more for our military families.”
The Angels of the Battlefield is also a special evening because the ASYMCA presents the prestigious Angel of Honor Award. It is presented to an individual or organization demonstrating distinguished and extraordinary advancement of the Armed Services YMCA mission. Recipients must make contributions that extend and propel the mission of the Armed Services YMCA.
Last year, the ASYMCA Board of Directors selected Gary Sinise as the individual who made great advances in strengthening service members and their families. For more than 40 years he has expressed his gratitude and support of the military through various efforts such as concerts, homes, and hearty meals.
Marine Corps Commandant General Robert B. Neller was the evening's keynote speaker. Neller has served in the Marine Corps for 42 years and as Commandant since 2015. Having him address the evening's attendees was an immense honor.
Justin Constantine, retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel took the stage at the Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala as our inspirational speaker. Constantine was injured during a 2006 Iraq deployment. His story highlighted the bravery and talent of our military medics, corpsmen, and pararescuemen.
Leland Vittert, Fox News National Correspondent served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Vittert covered numerous hostile zones during his career as a news correspondent. The Armed Services YMCA enjoyed having Leland add his personal touch to the evening.
Many sponsors, donors, and organizations come together to make the Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala possible. The Armed Services YMCA would like to thank all those involved, especially MARCOA Media, USAA, and all other sponsors for supporting the event.
Information on how you can attend or support the event can be found here.
The Armed Services YMCA is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves active duty military members and their families. Each year, we serve more than half a million junior enlisted active duty Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen and family members from 200 service centers in 18 states. Whether providing respite child care for parents in need, summer camps for kids, or assisting with emergency needs, the Armed Services YMCA is a nonprofit with a mission: Make Military Life Easier. Visit our website to see how you can join us in supporting military families.